Lanaya Lewis

Lanaya Lewis is the Weekend Evening Anchor and Morning Reporter for 12 News. 

She is originally from Oakland, California. Her love for journalism started in high school when she began hosting her own radio show at Youth Radio and interning at the Oakland Mayor’s Office.

Lanaya traveled across the country to attend Norfolk State University, in Virginia. There she would become a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, and graduate with her Bachelors of Science Degree in Mass Communications. After graduation, Lanaya worked behind the scenes at WTKR News 3 in Norfolk as a Production Technician and was quickly promoted to Assignment Editor. 

Lanaya’s passion has always been to deliver the news in front of the camera. After leaving the Mermaid City, she moved to Hattiesburg, MS in 2017 to become a Bureau Reporter at WHLT 22, before coming to Jackson in 2018.

When she’s not on the television screen, she loves giving back to the community through service and mentor-ship. 

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